I take exception with Daily Press columnist Bill Bauer’s suggestion that the Civic Auditorium be demolished and rebuilt.

Too often iconic buildings are torn down to make way for development.

The Civic Auditorium has been the sight of some of the most classic concerts in history; the Academy Awards; and, last but not least, the annual Cat Show! Its facade is one of a kind and should be preserved.

I can’t wait for great shows and events to return to this venue.

Richard Hirsch
Santa Monica